West Suburban Symphony

Concert Master

The West Suburban Symphony Society is seeking a concertmaster for each of the three volunteer orchestras it operates; the openings may be filled by 1, 2, or 3 individuals. Peter Lipari serves as music director and conductor for all three groups. One orchestra gives 5 concerts each academic year, the second gives 2 concerts each summer, and the third is a 35-player chamber ensembles that presents one concert during the academic year. Concerts and rehearsals are in the Hinsdale area during the academic year and the Naperville-Wheaton area during the summer; typically there are 5-7 rehearsals per concert.


  • The concertmaster plays all first violin solos.
  • Determines bowings for violins and violas.
  • Provide artistic guidance to the orchestra in collaboration with Maestro Lipari.
  • Carry out any additional duties that may be included in the concertmaster contract by mutual agreement of the  incumbent and the board of directors.
  • The Society is seeking applicants who are committed to the tradition of community orchestras and share its players' love of music. 

This is a contracted permanent position.

Compensation: The concertmaster is paid both a per-concert fee and a per-rehearsal fee, negotiated with the Society's board of directors.

To Apply: Interested violinists are asked to contact the Society through



Composition Seminar Instructor

The CYSO Composition Seminar is designed to help student composers develop improvisation and listening skills, the basics of score analysis, and provide an overview of 20th and 21st Century music


  • The CYSO Composition Seminar Instructor will work directly with CYSO’s Operations staff and with the students enrolled in the program. Duties include creation of each course’s syllabus, instruction of the composition seminar every scheduled week, teaching four private lessons per semester per composition seminar student, and coordination of two composition seminar reading sessions
  • Be available to teach on Sundays from 10:45 – 11:45 am

Fall Curriculum:

  • Improvisation, listening, score analysis, overview of 20th/21st Century music, and a chamber music recital
  • Eight classes and four ½ hour private lessons focused on a chamber piece and compositional process (lesson schedule to be determined by student and teacher)

Spring Curriculum:

  • Listening, score analysis, overview of 20th/21st Century music, and an orchestra reading session
  • Eight classes and four ½ hour private lessons focused on a short orchestra piece and the process of reproduction and parts (lesson schedule to be determined by student and teacher)

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree in Music required
  • Master of Music degree preferred with an emphasis in Music Theory and/or Composition 
  • Related teaching experience and experience working with youth required; strong written and aural music theory skills required; orchestral training and performance experience preferred. 
  • Candidate must demonstrate ability to communicate easily and effectively with youth and families; excellent interpersonal skills; and ability to create a supportive learning environment.

This is a contracted permanent position.

Compensation: yearly stipend

Start Date: September 8th, 2019

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to
No phone calls please.



Marketing and Communications Manager

The Chicago Philharmonic Society is seeking a detail-oriented, data-driven, enthusiastic marketing professional to manage our marketing, advertising, communications and patron services.


  • Plan and execute advertising and communications campaigns for the Chicago Philharmonic achieving annual, program-specific and long-range goals for attendance, subscription and patron engagement.
  • Manage external communications, serving as brand manager and primary liaison to the press.  
  • Manage Chicago Philharmonic concert and event ticketing 
  • Ensure Outstanding Patron Services
  • Manage marketing and ticket admission finances
  • Other administrative, communications and design duties as assigned

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor or master’s degree in a relevant field with strong background in writing, marketing and/or communication.
  • At least three years of experience in event or arts marketing, including prior experience in digital and traditional marketing strategies.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communications skills; displays empathy and emotional intelligence when relating to others and is comfortable engaging and interacting with new people.
  • Strong attention to detail and organization skills, comfortable in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proficiency in marketing tools such as social media, google assets, website editing and email marketing platforms.
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced environment, able to quickly re-prioritize tasks and assignments as needed.
  • Proficiency in Adobe assets (Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere Pro) highly regarded.
  • Knowledge and/or interest in learning about orchestral/classical music a plus.


This is a full-time permanent position.

Compensation: Commensurate with skills and experience

To Apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and one sample to
No phone calls please. 



Development Director

The DuPage Symphony is currently seeking a Development Director. 

The Development Director oversees everything related to fundraising, donor retention, and helps to grow Education & Outreach Initiatives:

  • Responsible for managing everything related to fundraising and donor retention (individual giving, corporate giving, foundation/grants, and special events).
  • Oversee special events committee.
  • Coordinate with Music Director and Strategic Planning Committee to increase education & outreach initiatives.
  • Create and oversee any budget lines (rev / exp) related to fundraising, special events, and outreach revenue.
  • Co-Chair Development & Fundraising Committee
  • Co-Chair Education & Outreach Committee
  • Non-voting member of the Executive Committee, Nominating Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee

Development & Donor Retention:

  • Develop and implement the fundraising strategy for the DSO including individual giving, corporate partnerships, foundation / grants, and special events.
    • Manage appeal strategies throughout the year; corporate appeal, year-end appeal, lapsed donor appeal, orchestra appeal, BoD giving, major giving, and others as needed.
    • Cultivate relationships with individuals and corporate partners to increase donor retention.
    • Develop and grow the Major Donor Program
    • Develop and grow Planned Giving Program
    • Ensure individuals and corporate partners receive all benefits that correspond to their giving level. Follow up with corporate sponsors to ensure we receive their image / logo by the appropriate deadline to be included in concert programs or special event materials. 
    • Oversee committee that organizes special events to attract new audiences to the DSO.
    • Coordinate attendance at area networking events to reach potential corporate partners.
    • Prepare grant applications and submit follow-up materials as required for grant compliance.
    • Research additional grant / foundation funding options. 
  • Set annual revenue and expense budget numbers for all fundraising and outreach revenue lines and monitor throughout the year.
  • Work with the Managing Director to develop strategies that convert subscribers and patrons to donors.

Education & Outreach Initiatives:

  • Work with the Music Director and Strategic Planning Committee to identify new Education & Outreach initiatives. Research corresponding grants or corporate sponsors to offset related expenses.
  • Complimentary Tickets– Identify schools to offer free tickets to season subscription concerts. Send ticket reservation information to Managing Director
  • Open Dress Rehearsals -Oversee promotional efforts with the Marketing Committee, confirm sponsor needs, coordinate Instrument Petting Zoo set-up and volunteer coverage.
  • Outreach Concerts (Tiny Great Performances & Library Concerts)- Oversee promotional efforts with the Marketing Committee, cover DSO table at event.
  • Young Artists Auditions- Oversee promotional efforts with the Marketing Committee. Managing Director processes/tracks all applications. 
  • Preludes & Interludes- Work with Music Director and Marketing Committee on promotion, ensure set-up information received and submitted to Managing Director  

Board of Directors:

  • Attend monthly Board of Directors meetings 
  • Provide monthly status reports on all projects

Attendance Outside Normal Business Hours:

  • Attend monthly Board of Directors meetings.
  • Cover DSO table (or arrange Board volunteer coverage) at Outreach events: Tiny Great Performances at DuPage Children’s Museum, Music at the 95thStreet Library, or other initiatives as scheduled.
  • Attend Open Dress Rehearsals or Season Concerts as needed if meeting with sponsors or major donors.
  • Various committee and donor meetings (if unable to schedule during the day)
  • Special Events / Fundraising Events

Position Requirements:

  • 3-5 years proven fundraising experience specifically in annual fund management and grant writing
  • Knowledge of education & outreach program evaluation and fundraising
  • Strong partnership-building and event planning skills
  • Experience using MS Office (WORD, EXCEL, and OUTLOOK) required.
  • Knowledge of Bloomerang donor management system preferred. 
  • Strong communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills; ability to prioritize tasks and work independently
  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Previous not-for-profit (NFP) experience required
  • Interest and knowledge of music and/or performing arts industry desirable 


The DSO offers a competitive hourly rate and anticipates a 20 hour per week time commitment. 

To Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume to: and include Development Director Application in the subject line

or send via postal mail to:

Development Director Application
DuPage Symphony
P.O. Box 844
Naperville, IL 60566